The new Rudy's of the Cape, or Rudy’s of the Cape "2.0," opened to the public yesterday for dinner service. The original Cape Elizabeth icon was a convenience store/diner, but developer Paul Woods purchased the building in 2011 and subsequently demolished it. Woods crafted a new restaurant, resembling a seaside cottage, several feet (due to zoning issues) from the original Rudy's site. The architects for the updated eatery say:
The new contemporary cottage style building will include a light and airy seating area and a warm, comfortable interior, not to mention really great food and drink with a farm-to-table emphasis.
Facebook pictures from the current Rudy's dining room back up the the "light and airy" description. It certainly looks more swank than the convenience store Rudy's.
The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. for dinner tonight.
Update: Owner Paul Woods reached out over the weekend and directed us to the updated Rudy's website, complete with menus and galleries. Find offerings like wood-fired pizza with pickled pineapple and guanciale, pork tenderloin with Anson Mills polenta and "fancy mushrooms," blistered shishito peppers, or secret recipe fried chicken.